Palermo have sacked Walter Zenga after yesterday's 1-1 draw against Catania, which extended the Sicilian outfit's winless run to four games.
A statement from the club read: "Palermo announces it has dismissed Walter Zenga as coach of the first team. The club wishes to thank Zenga for the work done and wishes him the best of luck in the future."
Palermo are 12th in Serie A with 17 points from 13 games. Zenga replaced Davide Ballardini in the summer and was under contract until June 2012. He had been given a vote of confidence ahead of yesterday's game only for club president Maurizio Zamparini to change in his mind.
"I honestly didn't expect this," said Zenga. "I am extremely disappointed but I don't want to talk in the heat of the moment. I spoke to Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini this morning but I will speak to the press on Wednesday."
Zenga became the seventh coach to be dismissed in Serie A this season. Former Lazio coach Delio Rossi is the leading candidate to replace him, but the club have yet to make a decision.
"We are thinking about it," said Palermo sporting director Walter Sabatini. "I don't know if it will be one between Delio Rossi, Daniele Arrigoni or Mario Beretta. In the next few hours we will make a decision."
Palermo travel to Verona to meet Chievo on Sunday looking for their first win since 25 October.